I agree that they should have listened to the warnings are got the hell out, and that by staying many brought tragedy upon themselves.
But how I am supposed to write a paper about the justice issues of Katrina if I just say "well they should have left"? And no she doesn't sympathize with the looters of TVs and stuff, but there is a chapter in her book about how only black people were referred to as "looters", and that many of them were taking supplies like food and water that they actually needed. White people were doing it too, but they were portrayed as desperate survivors gathering supplies from stores to stay alive.
Well, you and I both know that you have to write a paper that fits into the popular opinion for the sake of not being harassed.
But for your own personal knowledge so your not brainwashed like the rest of the country has been on this matter:
I've lived there my entire life. These people didn't need to leave the state, they needed to hike a ride FORTY MILES NORTH to escape the brunt of the danger. And there were shelters set up all over those areas and they WOULD NOT turn people away.
That's what gets me in the "poor people couldn't leave" argument. THEY COULD HAVE MADE IT A FEW MILES NORTH TO ESCAPE THE FLOOD DANGER. THERE WERE SHELTERS THERE.
I lived there my whole life and the aftermath didn't surprise me a bit. The population of Southeast Louisiana has a SERIOUS problem with it's poor having a sense of entitlement without working.
All of the misfortunes were foreseen and everyone was given an opportunity to leave AND had ample warning.
Don't buy into that "those poor victims" crap. It's a lie to the extent that the government PUT THEM in that situation.
Choppers had to turn away because they were being shot at. How do you blame that on the government?
Like I said, I was there. And it sucked. Having your house flood and your neighborhood submerged underwater is horrible (which I didn't go through, just minor flooding and tree damage). But the MAJORITY of people that stayed did so defiantly. Not because they were "left behind".
Your professor's database is faulty and fed by a propaganda machine that wants to reward people for not working, sh#tting babies out, and killing each other so they can cast their vote for the next corrupt Louisiana politician.
They re-elected "Chocolate City" Nagin, didn't they?